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Researchers have been hot on the trail of the elusive Denisovans, a type of ancient human known only by their DNA and...
Thousands of scientists in the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) are about to lose their jobs as a result of the...
Dyslexia, a learning disability that hinders reading, hasn't been associated with deficits in vision, hearing, or...
Exotic, elusive, and dangerous, snakes have fascinated humankind for millennia. They can be hard to find, yet their...
Researchers have sequenced and analyzed the first two snake genomes, which represent two evolutionary extremes. The...
Snake venoms are remarkably complex mixtures that can stun or kill prey within minutes. But more and more researchers...
At age 30, Dutch biologist Freek Vonk has built up a respectable career as a snake scientist. But in his home country,...
Since arriving on the island of Guam in the 1940s, the brown tree snake ( Boiga irregularis ) has extirpated native...
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It seems that Internet surfers are most interested in the personal--and the universal. A recent ranking shows that Web pages created by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)--home to useful medical information--and space-exploring NASA are the most popular government-sponsored offerings among home-based computer users. The numbers come from Nielsen/NetRatings, which has attached monitors to over 57,000 home computers to track their owners' Web wanderings. The company points out that ratings tend to fluctuate: The Internal Revenue Service's hits shoot up in April during tax time, while NASA dusted the competition during the July 1997 rover landing on Mars.
Surprisingly, only 20% of NIH's hits are on the National Library of Medicine, which runs the PubMed abstracts database. Institute pages with fact sheets on diseases also attract lots of traffic from the public, says NIH Webmaster Dennis Rodrigues. Like a NASA spokesperson, he says his agency doesn't take the ratings too seriously. But "if we dropped off the top 10, we'd wonder what we were doing wrong."